Belle Plaine Historical Museum

Belle Plaine Historical Museum We preserve and maintain exhibits and collections pertaining to the history of Paradise Valley and it's people with specific emphasis on the city of Belle Plaine.

Hours: 2nd Mon 6-8 pm
4th Sat 10 am-noon
or by appt In July 1998, The Belle Plaine Historical/Genealogical Society was established with a membership of five people, no money, and two objectives: establish a museum and preserve old photographs. Over the years, we have sponsored educational opportunities for school groups; shared information with local organizations; helped

Hours: 2nd Mon 6-8 pm
4th Sat 10 am-noon
or by appt In July 1998, The Belle Plaine Historical/Genealogical Society was established with a membership of five people, no money, and two objectives: establish a museum and preserve old photographs. Over the years, we have sponsored educational opportunities for school groups; shared information with local organizations; helped

Operating as usual

10/22/2021
THE LOCAL CHAMBER intends to plant 4,000 tulip bulbs this year in preparation for the 20th Tulip Time next April. Chambe...
10/17/2021

THE LOCAL CHAMBER intends to plant 4,000 tulip bulbs this year in preparation for the 20th Tulip Time next April. Chamber president Joann Anderson said it’s ideal to have 2,000 planted each year and last year, none were planted. It takes about 800 to 840 bulbs to plant the four corners of an intersection such as Lincoln and Fifth, planted Saturday morning. Several areas still need work. Volunteers at the Northwest corner last weekend included Annette Simpson, JoAnn Anderson, Anna VanBoening, Jerrica Croxson, Michala Zimmerman, Quentin Zimmerman, Whitney Zimmerman and Janae Zimmerman. The Zimmermans and Anna areBuccaneers 4-H club members; Jessica is Annette’s neighbor. With Whitney hoeing the dirt and Joann standing, clockwise from left, Janae, Annette, Michael, Quentin, Jerrica and Anna. (Casteel photo)

The Belle Plaine News
Thursday, October 28, 2004

THE LOCAL CHAMBER intends to plant 4,000 tulip bulbs this year in preparation for the 20th Tulip Time next April. Chamber president Joann Anderson said it’s ideal to have 2,000 planted each year and last year, none were planted. It takes about 800 to 840 bulbs to plant the four corners of an intersection such as Lincoln and Fifth, planted Saturday morning. Several areas still need work. Volunteers at the Northwest corner last weekend included Annette Simpson, JoAnn Anderson, Anna VanBoening, Jerrica Croxson, Michala Zimmerman, Quentin Zimmerman, Whitney Zimmerman and Janae Zimmerman. The Zimmermans and Anna areBuccaneers 4-H club members; Jessica is Annette’s neighbor. With Whitney hoeing the dirt and Joann standing, clockwise from left, Janae, Annette, Michael, Quentin, Jerrica and Anna. (Casteel photo)

The Belle Plaine News
Thursday, October 28, 2004

We will be open from 10am until Noon. The Historical Society will be sorting through old images and talking history! It'...
09/25/2021

We will be open from 10am until Noon. The Historical Society will be sorting through old images and talking history! It's a beautiful morning to stop by and say hi!

We will be open from 10am until Noon. The Historical Society will be sorting through old images and talking history! It's a beautiful morning to stop by and say hi!

Hidden away in a box of miscellaneous photos were four images from the Centennial Parade held Saturday, September 28th, ...
09/22/2021

Hidden away in a box of miscellaneous photos were four images from the Centennial Parade held Saturday, September 28th, 1984 during the 8th Annual AutumnFest.

The next Historical Society meeting is Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00pm.

Or join us and peruse photos and find hidden treasures this Saturday, September 25th, 10am to Noon!

09/13/2021
09/10/2021
Timeline Photos
08/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Belle Plaine pioneer families are invited to celebrate with the Lawless family during their 150 years in Kansas celebration.

Saturday, August 28th at 5pm at the Lawless Grove 2 miles south of town. Cornhole, horseshoes, and river access are available. A fire will be available for hotdog and marshmallow roast. Bring your own plus sides and condiments. The grove has primitive restroom access available only.

Stop by and see the early days of the railroad, boxes of photographs and newspapers, items from Roy's Rexall, storied qu...
08/25/2021

Stop by and see the early days of the railroad, boxes of photographs and newspapers, items from Roy's Rexall, storied quilts, festival memorabilia, and a bookcase (yes, bookcase) of yearbooks! You are guaranteed to find a memory or something interesting to talk about!

Chamber members will also be on hand if you are interested in purchasing Red Wheel frozen foods (best burritos!) for the Chamber stage fundraiser.

Stop by and see the early days of the railroad, boxes of photographs and newspapers, items from Roy's Rexall, storied quilts, festival memorabilia, and a bookcase (yes, bookcase) of yearbooks! You are guaranteed to find a memory or something interesting to talk about!

Chamber members will also be on hand if you are interested in purchasing Red Wheel frozen foods (best burritos!) for the Chamber stage fundraiser.

Join us this Thursday, August 26th, for the monthly Historical Society meeting. This is a great opportunity to learn how...
08/22/2021

Join us this Thursday, August 26th, for the monthly Historical Society meeting. This is a great opportunity to learn how we are preserving Belle Plaine’s history and the projects we are working on. Guaranteed to be fun!

Join us this Thursday, August 26th, for the monthly Historical Society meeting. This is a great opportunity to learn how we are preserving Belle Plaine’s history and the projects we are working on. Guaranteed to be fun!

Belle Plaine pioneer families are invited to celebrate with the Lawless family during their 150 years in Kansas celebrat...
08/10/2021

Belle Plaine pioneer families are invited to celebrate with the Lawless family during their 150 years in Kansas celebration.

Saturday, August 28th at 5pm at the Lawless Grove 2 miles south of town. Cornhole, horseshoes, and river access are available. A fire will be available for hotdog and marshmallow roast. Bring your own plus sides and condiments. The grove has primitive restroom access available only.

Belle Plaine pioneer families are invited to celebrate with the Lawless family during their 150 years in Kansas celebration.

Saturday, August 28th at 5pm at the Lawless Grove 2 miles south of town. Cornhole, horseshoes, and river access are available. A fire will be available for hotdog and marshmallow roast. Bring your own plus sides and condiments. The grove has primitive restroom access available only.

The Belle Plaine Historical Museum will be open Monday evening from 6–8pm. Museum members will be there looking at old p...
08/09/2021

The Belle Plaine Historical Museum will be open Monday evening from 6–8pm. Museum members will be there looking at old photos, talking history, and plotting world domination.

Join us and share stories and wild tales of days gone by! Do you like research? Learn how you can help tell the story of Belle Plaine’s first 150 years. You are guaranteed to find something interesting to learn about and share with the community and maybe even get your name in a book!

The Belle Plaine Historical Museum will be open Monday evening from 6–8pm. Museum members will be there looking at old photos, talking history, and plotting world domination.

Join us and share stories and wild tales of days gone by! Do you like research? Learn how you can help tell the story of Belle Plaine’s first 150 years. You are guaranteed to find something interesting to learn about and share with the community and maybe even get your name in a book!

Join the Belle Plaine Police Department for a great community to get together, meet your neighbors, and have fun. There ...
08/02/2021

Join the Belle Plaine Police Department for a great community to get together, meet your neighbors, and have fun. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs, snow cones and other treats, games, music, free swimming at the pool, and plenty of activities for young and old alike!

The Historical Museum along with other local organizations and churches will be at the City Park helping the Belle Plaine Police Department celebrate the annual National Night Out this Tuesday, August 3rd from 5–9pm.

Join the Belle Plaine Police Department for a great community to get together, meet your neighbors, and have fun. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs, snow cones and other treats, games, music, free swimming at the pool, and plenty of activities for young and old alike!

The Historical Museum along with other local organizations and churches will be at the City Park helping the Belle Plaine Police Department celebrate the annual National Night Out this Tuesday, August 3rd from 5–9pm.

Love Trains? The U.P.'s Big Boy is Full Steam Ahead in Kansas!
08/01/2021
Love Trains? The U.P.'s Big Boy is Full Steam Ahead in Kansas!

Love Trains? The U.P.'s Big Boy is Full Steam Ahead in Kansas!

Are you an avid train enthusiast? Or do you have a kiddo that's choo choo obsessed? No matter the draw, you'll find an amazing photo op and viewing experience as the U.P.'s Big Boy steam engine makes its way through Kansas!

07/31/2021

This is a great community event! Meet Historical Society members at the Museum Booth! Learn about projects and ways we are working to preserve Belle Plaine's history. Stop by and say hello as you and your family enjoy all the fun festivities organized by the BPPD!

ALL DAY on Friday, July 30th!Support the local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.Order at the Be...
07/29/2021

ALL DAY on Friday, July 30th!

Support the local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.

Order at the Belle Plaine Pizza Hut and tell your server you want to support the Historical Museum and 20% of your purchase price will be donated to the Museum.

Donations help the Historical Society to maintain and grow the Museum and to help preserve Belle Plaine's story.

ALL DAY on Friday, July 30th!

Support the local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.

Order at the Belle Plaine Pizza Hut and tell your server you want to support the Historical Museum and 20% of your purchase price will be donated to the Museum.

Donations help the Historical Society to maintain and grow the Museum and to help preserve Belle Plaine's story.

Thursday, November 26, 1958The Belle Plaine News“Applepickers” Or “Dragons”?Quite a number of people asked us if we knew...
07/24/2021

Thursday, November 26, 1958
The Belle Plaine News

“Applepickers” Or “Dragons”?

Quite a number of people asked us if we knew when the athletic teams changed their names from “Applepickers” to “Dragons”. So we went inquiring. Here is what we found.

At first we found we were on a dead-end street. There was no records to be found concerning the change. We checked the record, inquired at the News office, talked with several individuals who we hoped would be able to help us.

At the News office we did find an old paper dated September 24, 1942. It called the teams “Applepickers”. Then another for the month of Oct. 1942 the team was referred to as the “Dragons”. But there wasn’t anything about the changing of the name.

We talked to Mr. Fillmore, who suggested we write to Mr. John O. Bowden, who was principal during the years 1940-42.

We wrote to Mr. Bowden and explained our difficulties to him and asked him if he could give us any information of the team’s name. Mr. Bowden’s answer to our letter was as follows:

“There were two factors involved in the changing of the name of the athletic teams of BPRHS from “Applepickers” to “Dragons”.

First. Almost all the apple trees were killed by an early freeze in Nov. 1940, thus the apple picking was no longer a characteristic of the community.

Second. The athletic teams had not been very successful for a number of years, and it was thought a more spirited name might inspired them to better results. Apple picking seemed quite tame for a “fighting” athletic team so “Dragons” was selected as a hopeful suggestion to the boys. (Editors Note) We do not know whether the suggested name produced the desired results or not at the time.

We have enjoyed performing this little service for the member of the student body who showed interest in learning “why” this change was made. Such actions of the part of the students, we feel, helped build and maintain a school spirit which in turn maintains a better school.

Glenna Burgess

Thursday, November 26, 1958
The Belle Plaine News

“Applepickers” Or “Dragons”?

Quite a number of people asked us if we knew when the athletic teams changed their names from “Applepickers” to “Dragons”. So we went inquiring. Here is what we found.

At first we found we were on a dead-end street. There was no records to be found concerning the change. We checked the record, inquired at the News office, talked with several individuals who we hoped would be able to help us.

At the News office we did find an old paper dated September 24, 1942. It called the teams “Applepickers”. Then another for the month of Oct. 1942 the team was referred to as the “Dragons”. But there wasn’t anything about the changing of the name.

We talked to Mr. Fillmore, who suggested we write to Mr. John O. Bowden, who was principal during the years 1940-42.

We wrote to Mr. Bowden and explained our difficulties to him and asked him if he could give us any information of the team’s name. Mr. Bowden’s answer to our letter was as follows:

“There were two factors involved in the changing of the name of the athletic teams of BPRHS from “Applepickers” to “Dragons”.

First. Almost all the apple trees were killed by an early freeze in Nov. 1940, thus the apple picking was no longer a characteristic of the community.

Second. The athletic teams had not been very successful for a number of years, and it was thought a more spirited name might inspired them to better results. Apple picking seemed quite tame for a “fighting” athletic team so “Dragons” was selected as a hopeful suggestion to the boys. (Editors Note) We do not know whether the suggested name produced the desired results or not at the time.

We have enjoyed performing this little service for the member of the student body who showed interest in learning “why” this change was made. Such actions of the part of the students, we feel, helped build and maintain a school spirit which in turn maintains a better school.

Glenna Burgess

07/24/2021

The Museum will be open today from 10am–Noon.

We will be searching old photos.

Help us chose the color of the shirt and design of our next order! Share suggestions.
07/18/2021

Help us chose the color of the shirt and design of our next order! Share suggestions.

Help us chose the color of the shirt and design of our next order! Share suggestions.

It's that time again to renew your annual membership or become a brand spanking new member of Belle Plaine's Historical/...
07/12/2021

It's that time again to renew your annual membership or become a brand spanking new member of Belle Plaine's Historical/Genealogical Society and Museum!

The perks of being a member include getting historical updates, learning about what is going on at the Museum, and knowing your membership fee is helping to preserve Belle Plaine's story! (We won't make you go to the meetings but you are more than welcome to join us!)

If you didn't get a membership letter in the mail, but want one, just click here:https://belleplainechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021BPHistoricalMembership.pdf

Do you have any family stories, or local histories you want preserved? Or do you just like research and learning things? Is there something specific you want to collect information on? Let us know! We would love to visit with you.

The Historical Museum will be open Monday, July 12th, from 6–8pm! Check out the large yearbook cabinet, history of the r...
07/11/2021

The Historical Museum will be open Monday, July 12th, from 6–8pm! Check out the large yearbook cabinet, history of the railroads, and photos and newspapers. Or just stop by and visit!

The Historical Museum will be open Monday, July 12th, from 6–8pm! Check out the large yearbook cabinet, history of the railroads, and photos and newspapers. Or just stop by and visit!

07/10/2021
07/09/2021
The second edition of Facts and Fables is out selling for $20.  If you are interested,  contact us.
07/05/2021

The second edition of Facts and Fables is out selling for $20. If you are interested, contact us.

The second edition of Facts and Fables is out selling for $20. If you are interested, contact us.

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06/22/2021
Come down to Downtown! We’re open until 2pm! Cool off with Kona Ice from 10–2pm!The Belle Plaine Historical Museum has v...
06/12/2021

Come down to Downtown! We’re open until 2pm! Cool off with Kona Ice from 10–2pm!

The Belle Plaine Historical Museum has variety of goods for sale! Antique sewing machines, scrapbooking supplies, Tupperware, rocking chairs, small tables. Make us an offer! Everything must go!

Festival and Car Show shirts are 3 for $10! Museum shirts are $5 each and the 150th Anniversary shirts are $15. We also have copies of Facts and Fables of Belle Plaine Kansas for sale $20 each.

BEER COOLER for SaleMeasures 27" x 48" x 39" tall.  Compressor Cabinet measures 14" x 24" x 21" high. It has been turned...
06/11/2021

BEER COOLER for Sale
Measures 27" x 48" x 39" tall. Compressor Cabinet measures 14" x 24" x 21" high. It has been turned on and compressor starts, not sure if it cools. If you would like to see it, the Museum is open until 4pm today and 8–2pm Saturday. Or we can make arrangements. Make us an offer!

204 W Fifth Ave at The Belle Plaine Historical Museum Downtown Open until 4pm Friday and 9–2 Saturday. Kona Ice will be ...
06/11/2021

204 W Fifth Ave at The Belle Plaine Historical Museum Downtown

Open until 4pm Friday and 9–2 Saturday.

Kona Ice will be Downtown. Get some shaved ice and cool off! 10-4 Friday and 10-2 Saturday.

Multi-family sale. All sales support the Historical Museum. Toys, small tables and shelves, sewing machine tables, lots of miscellaneous goods. Tupperware, radios, bread maker, and lots of purses. Also past Festival and car show shirts, Museum shirts and 150th shirts. Facts and Fables 2nd Edition. Museum staff on hand.

ALL DAY on Friday, June 11th!Support local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.Order at the Belle ...
06/10/2021

ALL DAY on Friday, June 11th!

Support local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.

Order at the Belle Plaine Pizza Hut and tell your server you want to support the Historical Museum and 20% of your purchase price will be donated to the Museum.

Donations help the Historical Society to maintain the Museum and to help preserve Belle Plaine's story.

ALL DAY on Friday, June 11th!

Support local Pizza Hut and help out the Belle Plaine Historical Museum.

Order at the Belle Plaine Pizza Hut and tell your server you want to support the Historical Museum and 20% of your purchase price will be donated to the Museum.

Donations help the Historical Society to maintain the Museum and to help preserve Belle Plaine's story.

CAPTION: This is the scene where swimmers will soon be taking to the water on the huge sand beach pool at Paradise Valle...
06/09/2021

CAPTION: This is the scene where swimmers will soon be taking to the water on the huge sand beach pool at Paradise Valley Ranch. On the right, the building in the foreground and the one at the far end are rest rooms and showers. The center building is to be the concession stand. The darker area in the far left background is where the deep end of the pool will be located. Most of the area to be covered by water is out of the picture to the left.

Paradise Valley Pool to Open July 4th

Thursday, June 14th, 1962 Edition of The Belle Plaine News

July 4 has been set for the grand opening of the swimming pool at Paradise Valley Ranch.

L.D. Learned, manager of the recreational facility, said the retraining walls on the deep-water end of the pool would be completed this week and that sealing and other work will be progressing to complete preparation of the pool for use.

In announcing the opening date, Mr. Learned said that work can be completed in time, it is planned to have a “Belle Plaine Day” with free swimming for local residents prior to the grand opening.

The huge pool is to be 600x200 feet in size with sand bottom and sand beaches. A hard-sand seal will be applied to the bottom of the pool, Mr. Learned said.

Designed for family use, the pool will have a large portion of its west end devoted to relatively shallow water. On the east end it will slope to a depth of 12½ feet for about 80 feet along the south side.

Four diving stations are to be located at the edge of the deep water.

Two buildings housing rest rooms and showers already are completed on the site, and another building will house a concession stand.

Vast quantities of sand have been hauled in to provide the bottom of the pool as well as to cover beach area adjacent to the pool.

Mr Learned said that it would take between 4½ million and 5½ million gallons of water to fill the pool.
Mr. Learned said that it would take between 4½ million and 5½ million gallons of water to fill the pool.

CAPTION: This is the scene where swimmers will soon be taking to the water on the huge sand beach pool at Paradise Valley Ranch. On the right, the building in the foreground and the one at the far end are rest rooms and showers. The center building is to be the concession stand. The darker area in the far left background is where the deep end of the pool will be located. Most of the area to be covered by water is out of the picture to the left.

Paradise Valley Pool to Open July 4th

Thursday, June 14th, 1962 Edition of The Belle Plaine News

July 4 has been set for the grand opening of the swimming pool at Paradise Valley Ranch.

L.D. Learned, manager of the recreational facility, said the retraining walls on the deep-water end of the pool would be completed this week and that sealing and other work will be progressing to complete preparation of the pool for use.

In announcing the opening date, Mr. Learned said that work can be completed in time, it is planned to have a “Belle Plaine Day” with free swimming for local residents prior to the grand opening.

The huge pool is to be 600x200 feet in size with sand bottom and sand beaches. A hard-sand seal will be applied to the bottom of the pool, Mr. Learned said.

Designed for family use, the pool will have a large portion of its west end devoted to relatively shallow water. On the east end it will slope to a depth of 12½ feet for about 80 feet along the south side.

Four diving stations are to be located at the edge of the deep water.

Two buildings housing rest rooms and showers already are completed on the site, and another building will house a concession stand.

Vast quantities of sand have been hauled in to provide the bottom of the pool as well as to cover beach area adjacent to the pool.

Mr Learned said that it would take between 4½ million and 5½ million gallons of water to fill the pool.
Mr. Learned said that it would take between 4½ million and 5½ million gallons of water to fill the pool.

Address

204 W 5th; P O Box 25
Belle Plaine, KS
67013

Telephone

(620) 488-5488

Products

MUGS.................................$8.00
*5 Women (Sepia)
*Grade School (Sepia)
*Grade School (Green)

HATS.................................$10.00

T-SHIRTS..........................$12.00
sizes Sm - 2 XL (2XL +$2.00)
*Arboretum (Green)
*School (Blue)

POSTCARDS...................4/$1.00

BOOKS

*by Tom S. Coke

**Old West Justice in Belle Plaine ...............................$15.00
**The Life and Times of Lawman Joe Thralls.........................$15.00
**Caldwell, KS - Border
Town.................................$15.00

CEMETARY BOOK...........$15.00

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Our Mission—The purpose of the Belle Plaine Historical Museum is to preserve and maintain exhibits and collections pertaining to the history of Paradise Valley and it's people with specific emphasis on the city of Belle Plaine, Kansas.

In July 1998, The Belle Plaine Historical/Genealogical Society was established with a membership of five people, no money, and two objectives: establish a museum and preserve old photographs.

Over the years, we have sponsored educational opportunities for school groups; shared information with local organizations; helped fund other historically minded groups, including the Honor Flight Program for Veterans and Kansas State Society Youth Programs. Additionally, we have arranged presentations of topics of interest including: early printing and photo techniques by Don Fillmore; school memorabilia; Glenn Hamilton's brick barn tour; Arthur Dunn's WWII testimonial; history of trains and railways through Paradise Valley by Cecil Beaman and Dan Hatfield; a quilt show with histories narrated by Eldisa Utt; a display of 1893-1927 fire insurance maps showing development and population growth of Belle Plaine and sponsored several museum trips.

Additionally, genealogy research materials are currently available at the Belle Plaine Public Library to include "Century of Memories," "Cemetery Book" with updates, "Facts and Fables," and other books on early life in Kansas.

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